middot honor

All creation is precious and special.

Honor is giving to others a respect that is due to them either because of age, merit or wisdom. One does not seek to achieve this; rather it is given if it is earned. Honor imbalanced can appears two ways. On one end excessive honor is ingratiating and flattering, whereas at the other end of the spectrum a complete lack of honor shows itself as blatant disregard and rudeness. Those who give honor must do so in the right manner and for the right reasons.

quotes

"Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you." -- Shemot 20:12 "And one should not study Torah or do any good deed for ...
daily living

I was visiting my aunt in New York City a few days ago and she told me about a fascinating exercise led by a guest rabbi in her synagogue. ...
Today was no ordinary day.  It was my mitigation hearing for speeding in a school zone.  Yeah, I know what you are thinking. Really?  Well, given it was a constructio...
The middah of honor is an essential part of “Love your neighbor as yourself,” which in turn is essential to the command to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and ...
torah

Ben Zoma teaches: Who is worthy of kavod? The one who treats other human beings with kavod. As it I said: For those who honor Me, I will honor, and those who scorn Me, I will scorn....
besorah

We usually think of honor as something that is earned. It is an honor to receive a Ph.D. in one’s field, or to be given an award for excellence in a particular area of work. The p...
mesorah

Now Haman thought in his heart, “Whom would the king delight to honor more than me?” (Es. 6:6) Learning the middah of honor during the week of Purim is a great fit, because the...
stories

In Jerusalem long ago, an incredible incident took place in the office of a gemach (Jewish free loan fund, acronym of gemilut chasadim, acts of kindness). Customarily, the various g...
meditation

The Hebrew word for honor is kavod.  When we give honor to others, we are elevating them to their right place.  When we rise for the elderly, we honor their age and wisdom...
accounting

Use these questions to evaluate your day: Did you consider the honor of your fellow in all your actions? Did you rise for someone who is elderly and show honor? Did you take ti...
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